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  A Monthly Update on Our Work and Impact
STEERING THE RIGHT TO EDUCATION: A POLICY WIN

The 64th Annual CABE (Central Advisory Board of Education) meeting held on 25 October 2016 proposed commendable reforms in the policy framework governing education in the country, including vital amends to the much debated Right to Education Act (RTE). The decisions at the CABE meeting herald a significant policy win for us at CCS!

Taking into accounting the deteriorating learning outcomes among students across the country, the highest advisory body on education – CABE, proposed that the ‘No Detention Policy’ (NDP) be reviewed and its implementation be made contingent on the discretion of the states. Another key decision made at the meeting was the unambiguous definition of grade-specific learning outcomes, and their inclusion in the RTE norms.

CCS has been working consistently towards shifting the RTE focus to learning outcomes, rather than on inputs that make the framework both exclusionary and ineffective. We’ve championed the cause of Budget Private Schools being closed down in the wake of the RTE and its infrastructural requisites, and concertedly demanded that learning outcomes be prescribed, assessed and ensured! The inclusion of learning outcomes in the policy mandate has been a key component of our New Education Policy (NEP) recommendations to the MHRD, and of our recent PIL in the Delhi High Court urging the state government to review the implementation of the NDP. In response to the PIL, the Delhi High Court has issued a notice to all Municipal Corporations, along with the Directorate of Education to file their responses. The next hearing is scheduled for 8 November 2016.

Read more about our NEP recommendations here. Read about the NDP PIL here.

TAKING NEP REFORMS TO NITI AAYOG: AN INSITUTIONAL WIN

RTEWe have been invited by NITI Aayog to make a presentation on our NEP recommendations on 2 November 2016 to be chaired by Shri Arvind Panagariya, Hon’ble Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog.

Since the NEP was first announced in 2015, CCS has been consistently engaged in research, ideation and advocacy for promoting effective reforms that bring choice, accountability and innovation in education. Through roundtables, dialogues, expert consultations, nationwide surveys and targeted advocacy, in October we consolidated a comprehensive document of reform ideas that addresses school-level, higher and vocational education in the country.

You can access the NEP reforms document here or dialogue with others and make your own recommendations at our NEP Wiki. If you’d like to know more about our on-going work on the NEP, write in to ritika@ccs.in.

CULTIVATING FREEDOM CHAMPIONS: iPOLICY FOR YOUNG LEADERS

Manish Sisodia shows solidarity with BPS leaders In October, we conducted two ípolicy courses in New Delhi and engaged 62 students. The ipolicy is our flagship three-day intensive certificate course in public policy that brings together young minds to dialogue and learn, introducing them to market-liberal approaches to policy concerns of education, livelihoods, environment and governance, and the role of the market, state and civil society in addressing them.
We received an exciting rating of 3.58 on a feedback scale of 4! Here’s what one of the participants had to say:

"ípolicy has given me a pretty good exposure to the various elements that constitute policy framework, given that I had no prior knowledge. It made me think more critically about issues that are generally taken for granted. It has specifically made me interested in the whole idea of how land (property rights) form a critical issue and hindrance to India's growth. This has been a great start to my journey in exploring public policy.
- Prema Narasimhan, Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi

We also hosted ‘Liberty Connect’ – our alumni meet that brought together 7 student graduates and alumni from our policy research and training programs. Vrinda Bhandari, Rhodes Scholar and Advocate, spoke on the ‘Role of Privacy with Respect to States and Markets’ as a part of the event.

We love to connect with our alumni! Sign-up for CCS Dashboard to stay updated on upcoming alumni events and ipolicy courses, or write to manasi@ccs.in.

CROWD-SOURCING BUSINESS EXPERIENCES: WHATS YOUR STORY?

We’ve initiated an online campaign for crowd-sourcing business stories through our website dedicated to tracking and reporting India’s progress on the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business (EODB) indices - www.easeofdoingbusiness.org. The campaign seeks to document human interest stories of everyday bottlenecks and logjams that entrepreneurs grapple with in establishing and running small businesses in the country. The campaign targets to collate 100 such stories to evidence the urgent need for reforms to promote and protect entrepreneurship and small enterprises.

The crowd-sourcing campaign is part of our ongoing Ease of Doing Business Initiative–a comprehensive program including research, advocacy and the EoDB online portal that documents India’s journey towards empowering livelihoods for its people. India’s marginal improvement on the Doing Business 2017 report released on 25 October 2016 (from rank 131 in 2016 to 130 on the 2017 index) brings forth the continuing significance of the initiative, and of urgent reforms enabling enterprise to flourish in India.

Have a business story? Share it here!
You can visit www.easeofdoingbusiness.in or write in to prashant@ijustice.in to know more about our EoDB initiative.

SUPER 30 MEETS NISA: FORGING PARTNERSHIPS FOR BETTER EDUCATION

More than 50 Budget Private School (BPS) leaders from Delhi, Haryana and Punjab came together on 23 October 2016 at a meeting organized by the National Independent Schools Alliance (NISA) to celebrate the announcement of the United Group of Institutions’ ‘Solve and Win’ scholarship for meritorious BPS students. Shri Anand Kumar of Super 30, Patna was the key speaker at the event. Recognising the role of BPS in providing quality education to economically and socially disadvantaged communities, Shri. Kumar highlighted the significance of the scholarships in bringing due exposure and an enriching learning experience to deserving BPS students. Shri. Kumar has been widely recognized for Super 30 – an innovative educational program that has trained select students from economically backward sections for the IIT-JEE entrance examinations for the IITs.

The United Group of Institutions has identified NISA as a key partner in implementing the scholarship program through competitive student assessments. The scholarships would provide an opportunity to students in classes 9 to 12 of NISA member schools to study in Japan or Russia in select partner schools.

Access video coverage of the meeting here.

CCS IN THE NEWS
  • We were on TV twice this month!
    CNBC AwaazAvinash Chandra, Editor, Azadi.me represented CCS’ Azadi.me portal at the Loksabha TV panel discussion ‘India Speaks’ on the theme of ‘Social Media: Role and Challenges’. The three member panel also involved representatives from India Today and India 24*7. The show was telecasted on 23 October 2016. Avinash Chandra also represented us on CNBZ Awaaz at a panel discussion on the No Detention Policy and CABE’s recommended reforms to the RTE. Other panelists at the show included education activitist Ashok Aggarwal and Kalka Public School Principal, Onika Mehrotra. Watch the discussion here.
  • We also made big news with the announcement of Edudoc, our annual International short film competition that brings to the screen stories of edupreneurs from across the globe. The announcement was covered in leading news dailies including the Hindu, Business Standard and Meri News. The winning entries this year will be screened at the 8th edition of the School Choice National Conference, scheduled to be held on 03 December 2016 at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.
    See media reports on Edudoc here. You can access our top stories and media coverage here.

MEET OUR NEW TEAM MEMBERS

Gopikrishnan Nair
Jai Venaik, Programs Associate, Academy
Jai holds a Bachelors in Media Studies from the Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication along with a Higher National Diploma from the London School. Jai is an former LAMP Fellow and has previously interned with CRY, Hindustan Times and the BBC. His interests include governance and public-policy, along with photography and horseback riding.

WE’RE HIRING!

We’re looking to expand our team with thinkers and doers committed to bring social change through public policy. See our open positions, find your fit, and hop on-board.

Here are a few of the areas where we’re currently short-handed:

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